1 Jeff Bezos, 2020 Letter to Shareholders, at https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/company-news/2020-letter-to-shareholders
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Firm assets under management (AUM) includes $125.5 billion in Equity assets, $183.7 billion in Fixed Income assets and $92.6 billion in Alternatives assets. Firm AUM excludes Dyal assets, which consisted of $26bn in private equity and $1bn in private credit.
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Institutional-Oriented Equity and Fixed Income AUM Benchmark Outperformance Note: Institutional-oriented equity and fixed income assets under management (“AUM”) includes the firm's equity and fixed income institutional separate account (“ISA”), registered fund and managed account/wrap (“MAG”) offerings, and are based on the overall performance of each individual investment offering against its respective benchmark offerings. High net worth/private asset management (“HNW”) AUM is excluded. For the period ending March 31, 2021, the percentage of total institutional-oriented equity AUM outperforming the benchmark was as follows: Since Inception: 90%; 10-year: 87%; 5-year: 90%; and 3-year: 77%; and total institutional-oriented fixed income AUM outperforming was as follows: Since Inception: 95%, 10-year: 77%; 5-year: 68%; and 3-year: 84%. If HNW AUM were included, total equity AUM outperforming the benchmark would be as follows: Since Inception: 87%; 10-year: 59%; 5-year: 68%; and 3-year: 62%; and total fixed income AUM outperforming would be as follows: Since Inception: 95%; 10-year: 75%; 5-year: 67%; and 3-year: 83%. Equity and Fixed Income AUM outperformance results are asset weighted so individual offerings with the largest amount of assets under management have the largest impact on the results. As of 03/31/2021, six equity teams/strategies accounted for approximately 52% of the total firm equity (ISA, MAG and mutual fund combined) assets reflected, and nine strategies accounted for approximately 51% of the total firm fixed income (ISA, MAG and mutual fund combined) assets reflected. Performance for the individual offerings reflected are available upon request. AUM for multi-asset class, balanced and alternative (including long-short equity or fixed income) offerings, as well as AUM for hedge fund, private equity and other private investment vehicle offerings are not reflected in the AUM outperformance results shown. AUM outperformance is based on gross of fee returns. Gross of fee returns do not reflect the deduction of investment advisory fees and other expenses. If such fees and expenses were reflected, AUM outperformance results would be lower. Investing entails risk, including possible loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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ESG Integrated Strategy: These strategies consider the valuation implications of ESG risks and opportunities alongside traditional factors in the investment process.
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Private Equity Outperformance Note: The performance information includes all funds, both commingled and custom, managed by NB Alternatives Advisers LLC with vintage years of 2007 – 2017, with the exception of a closed-end, public investment company registered under the laws of Guernsey (the “Funds”). Accounts that are only monitored are excluded. Vintage years post 2017 are excluded as benchmark information is not yet available. Please note that funds without a comparable benchmark are excluded (this includes certain commingled funds with unique investment objectives, specialty strategies, and private debt funds).
Percentages are based on the number of funds, calculated as the total number of funds whose performance exceeds their respective benchmarks divided by the total number of all funds with vintage years of 2005 through 2016. Performance is measured by net IRR, MOIC, and DPI and is compared to the respective index’s median net IRR, MOIC and DPI, respectively. The Cambridge Secondary Index was used for secondary-focused funds; the Cambridge Buyout and Growth Equity for U.S. and Developed Europe was used for co-investment-focused funds; the Cambridge Fund of Funds Index was used for commingled funds and custom portfolios comprised of primaries, secondaries and co-investments; and the Cambridge Global Private Equity was used for strategies focused on minority stakes in asset managers fund and healthcare credit.
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